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a crew member of the u.s. fighter that crashed in libya. defense secretary gates testified at a congressional hearing. gates said he does not think the u.s. should arm those rebels. >> in terms of providing that training, in terms of providing assistance to them, frankly there are many countries that can do that. that's not a unique capability for the united states. and as far as i'm concerned, somebody else should do that. >> libya's foreign minister has defected to britain. musa kusa one of gadhafi's closest aides. he is suspects of masterminding the bombing of pan am flight 103 that killed 270 people. nbc news pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski joins me now. nato officially took control of the entire military mission in libya but the headline is about the cia operatives on the ground and what they are doing there. what can you tell juice u.s. military and intelligence officials say if they didn't, if the obama administration did not have cia operatives on the ground, this operation was not well thought out and would be in trouble. this is pretty much preforma in thi
in the opening minutes of the day as the u.s. stock market reacts to the nuclear crisis. >>> i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following the latest on the nuclear emergency in japan where it is 3:00 a.m. local time. threat level is now being called a six out of seven by the french authority of nuclear safety. a watchdog group that monitors radiation safety. chernobyl, for some perspective here, was six out of serve. three mile island was rated a five. latest explosion in unit two of the fukushima plant may be the worst yet. international atomic energy agency says there's evidence it breached the primary containment shell. that means more radiation could be leaking from that unit. the iaea says radiation levels at site have been decreasing. people living within 20 kilometers of the plant have been evacuated and are lining up to be scanned for radiation. a no-fly zone has been established around the crippled nuclear plant for 30 kilometers. global economic fears, the stock market plummeted today because of the nuclear concerns and right now the dow, let's take a look at it, is down 178 poi
in libya. president obama will be arriving here in new york for an event at u.s. mission to the united nations. his visit comes less than 24 hours after addressing the nation about the u.s. involvement in libya. the president reiterating the u.s. mission in libya is humanitarian and not an attempt to force a regime change. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission. or risk killing many civilians from the air. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. but regime change there took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives, and nearly $1 trillion. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> msnbc's richard wolffe joins us live from the white house. as i mentioned, richard, the president should be landing at jfk in four minutes. interesting observations. this was a surprisingly partisan reaction to a foreign policy speech last night. >> reporter: yes, it is partisan. and that may not be surprising, even to the white house. remember, the president, on
] >> sirens of warning blaring in hawaii up and down west coast, communities evacuated for possibly hitting u.s. shores. >>> parts of california feeling the effect. boats on the coast are tossed around like toy. >>> hi, everybody, good to have you with me today. i'm thomas roberts. "news nation" following devastation from japan's 8.9 magnitude earthquake. right now, it's 4:00 in the morn in japan and people are trying to flee the hardest hit areas. the quake struck 80 miles off the northeast coast and felt all wait to beijing, china. as you can see, it sent people running into the streets in a frenzy, dodging debris falling from buildings. 4 million buildings without power in tokyo. but the quake wasn't the worst part. shortly after a violent tunisia crashed into the northeast coast, killing hundreds of people. waves washing away cars, roads, homes. aftershocks lasting for hours, causing explosions and fires. me y miyagi is burning out of control. the toourn htunisia hit hawaii around 9:00 eastern time. the waves made their way to the mainland's west coast before 11:00. these pictures from sant
that will include a discussion of when the u.s. will hand over its lead role. french military officials say french pilot fired a missile at a libyan plane that just landed at a base in the coastal city of misrata. french jets, including some from the aircraft carrier charles de gaulle, seen here off libya, struck a libyan base 150 miles south of the coast. attacks in tripoli targeted a libyan military base depot. libyan state tv broadcast these images of the damage. and the african-american union has invited representatives from gadhafi's government and opposition representatives to talk in ethiopia's capital tomorrow. so far new york response from either side in libya. >>> we begin coverage with nbc news pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. mik, what can you tell us about the incident involving that french fighter jet? >> reporter: u.s. military officials can't tell us very much. earlier today, members of that coalition on the american side said they had no evidence that there was a plane in the air or of any poe sentential shoot-dow. as we find out from the french, one of their war fighting
's very important to understand what general madis said today. what he said, that is if the u.s. decided to enforce a no-fly zone it would, first, involve u.s. military air strikes against targets inside libya. you'd have to bomb the runways. you might take out their aircraft or certainly their air defense systems, missiles, radar, and the like. so it would involve a u.s. military attack on libya itself. and if the white house makes that decision, of course, the u.s. military would carry it out. but i can tell you that there's a lot of hesitation, not only here in the building and among the u.s. military to take that kind of aggressive step, but even among the nato allies who would be essential if the u.s. and nato allies were to launch any kind of operation like this, and so far only the british are doing any kind of saber rattling in that regard. and the rest of nato nations, allies, are pretty much silent whether to launch any military operation against libya. >> give is insight on the three military war ships in the suez canal. what is their role, at this point? >> reporter: their ro
women using romance to break into their bank accounts. how the women joined forces to catch the con. >>> i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following breaking new details on the nuclear emergency in japan. a short time ago, the japanese government told the iaea that its engineers have been able to lay an external power cable at one of the reactors at the fukushima plant. now, this means they hope to reconnect power as soon as they are done spraying water on unit number three. earlier today, workers dumped thousands of gallons of water on the reactors by helicopter. the flights were stopped after the government realized they were not helping cool the unit down. they're still spraying water on reactors from the ground. the u.s. military is sending a nine-member team to japan, as early as today, to help evacuate -- to evaluate the nuclear situation. it's not clear if they will go to the plant that's been damaged. president obama is due to make a statement at 3:30 eastern time. joining me now is a physicist who has worked on nuclear reactor accident simulations. thank you for joining
a pentagon briefing is about to get under way. we're watching for that. bill gortney will be updating us. officials says the u.s. launched 15 more tomahawk missiles in the last 24 hours this around tripoli. there were also new coalition air strikes against gadhafi's artillery and tank positions, including those vowing to overtake the key rebel-held city of ajdabiya in eastern libya. u.s. officials tell nbc news the u.s. could hand over the lead role to nato as soon as tomorrow. it appears for now u.s. warplanes will lead the difficult mission of attacking gadhafi's ground forces that could threaten libyan civilians. mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. we just learned president obama should be holding a conference call with members of congress. what are you hearing? >> reporter: that's right. jay carney appeared in the briefing room 12 minutes and informed us the president conducted a national security council meeting on the situation in libya this morning, and starting right about now, 2:00, it was scheduled to begin. the president will be calling congressional leaders, a c
, as president obama prepares to lay out his case over what the u.s.' role should be in the conflict. last words, lawrence o'donnell, will join me. >>> horrifying scandal. the military in damage control mode as more photos released showing u.s. soldiers gloating over bodies in afghanistan. >>> a u.s. billionaire, heir to one of the largest fortunes, fighting accusation his abused his own stepdaughter. >>> from the white house to facebook? what does it mean to team obama if robert gibbs goes to work for the social networking site? >>> i'm contessa brewer, in for tamron hall today. "news nation" floeollowing a dramatic advance in libya as president obama prepares to address the nation tonight. expected to explain the purpose of the mission and the exit strategy. the president 'dress is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern time. meantime in libya, rebels are advancing towards gadhafi's hometown of sirte, just 225 miles from the capital of trop tripoli. air strikes happelps rebels cape key cities and advance several hundred miles virtually unchecked in a couple of days. nbc's chief foreign correspondent rich a
. scott newel joins us live. i understand the assembly vote is under way ja delayed for 90 minutes but it is under way. it was delayed, as you mentioned before, several protesters barricaded that area around the assembly chambers and they had been removed and the rules state here that you have to have the building open to the public before you can have a vote. that's what took the time, and that's why the delay. expected to pass easelly because the republicans have a large majority and governor walker will sign the bill. in fact, governor walker has made several comments about what he thinks the bill will do. let's take a lack at what he had to say. >> remainder of this year, it allows us save $30 million, which allows us to save 1500 jobs and for the next two years thereafter in the next budget, gives us at state level equivalent of $300 million of savings which allows us to save 5,000 to 6,000 jobs. >> reporter: now, dane county officials the local officials near madison, they said that they could file a legal challenge about how that senate vote was done. they say it did violate
but the authorization to use forces, perhaps air strikes, air-to-ground forces to take out some of the pro-gadhafi assets that have besieged town after town along the libyan coast, heading toward benghazi. some of those questions, what role will the u.s. play? what kind of assets will be in place? when will it all start? a cease-fire that gadhafi has announced but is not observing. what role will that play? there is criticism from leading members of congress, dick lugar, a leading voice on the republican side of the senate on foreign relations says we can't go through this unless there's a declaration of war. >> chris matthews, the headlines, war with libya looms, a third war. you have american people who will watch your show this afternoon, coming home from work and they will ask what is going on? what are we planning in libya? >> well, we're going into libya the same way we went into korea. with the u.n. declaration, we're going in to stop the takeover of benghazi, the same way we were in korea, stopping the takeover of pusan at the tip of the korean peninsula. same situation. we're goin
also receive a classified briefing on the u.s. involvement in libya given by secretary of state hillary clinton, bill gates and director of national intelligence james clapper. president obama made his latest comments on libya a couple of hours ago during a speech in washington outlining a new energy plan. >> we've led an international effort in libya to prevent a massacre and maintain stability throughout the broader region. >> nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us live now. what else can you tell us about this meeting? i understand there may be back-to-back closed-door sessions here? >> we'll have the senate getting their chance talk to the top leaders and have the private conversations. one of the things that's just come out is the republican chairman confident house select committee on intelligence, mike rogers of michigan is saying he is opposed to the idea of the u.s. arming rebels in libya. that's one of the kinds of scenarios being talked about. some have said that is a good way to try to assist them to do the sort of groundwork that the president says u.s
, as the president said and as i said, through the use of nonintrusive mechanisms for detection we could, assuredly, have the safe and secure border that both nations want that both peoples want. we all want to have a safe border. i believe it's possible, though it will require a huge technological and financial resources to achieve it. but i think it's a way of ensuring security without affecting the second amendment rights of u.s. citizens and, at sat time time, stop the flow of drugs northbound, moneys and guns southbound. i would insist upon the legal restrictions that exist in mexico, as in other countries, respect to the intervention and the bearing of arms by u.s. agents. but in this subject, i'll have to speak to members of congress, particularly the senate to explore differential turntives. i think we have to look at all alternatives that are enabled to us by the constitution and the law, mechanisms of protection, special mechanisms of protection, clear limitation of the areas where we can collaborate, for instance. the criminals themselves, they tell us that they didn't know that they wer
means that tell us that. and that's the facility that was attacked. >> nbc's jim maceda joins us live from the libyan capital of tripoli. jim, what's happening on the ground there? >> reporter: well, tamron, despite this pullback of forces across the western -- the eastern part of the country, i should say in that benghazi area, gadhafi's forces have been on the attack elsewhere, especially in misratah, a rebel-held city in the west in which the u.n. resolution requires gadhafi to pull back from. forces were hit by air strikes outside of misrata yesterday. today, however, reports they're back inside with tanks and snipers, shooting at people, at least nine according to our latest figures, killed today. and then we understand that those very same troops have changed out of their uniforms, into street clothes, looking like armed civilians. then they invited hundreds of other civilians to join, making it impossible for the coalition planes to strike. now, tamron, this may be a first sign of what gadhafi plans to use as a military strategy, going forward. otherwise, gadhafi forces, well,
. >>> thanks for joining us. i'm tamron hall. "news nation" is following the still unfolding disaster and worsening nuclear crisis in japan. another explosion rocked the fukushima nuclear power plant that is about 170 miles north of tokyo. and it is now feared a third reactor will explode. officials say fuel rods appear to be melting right now in all three troubled reactors. all of this, of course, raising concerns more radiation will be released. the u.s. military moves some of its fleet further from japan's shore after some of the uss ronald reagan carrier group were exposed to a cloud of low-level radiation, this as authorities try to cope with the disaster. officials say another 1,000 bodies washed up today along japan's earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeast coast. so far 2,800 people confirmed dead. but as you well know by now, the final death toll is expected to increase to as many as possibly 10,000 the people. chris jansing joins us live from tokyo regarding the nuclear crisis. at the top of the hour i pointed out a japanese official is saying we are likely seeing melting a
? >>> and mou to the breaking news from germany where a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying u.s. service members at the frankfurt airport. miller officials confirm two airmen were killed and two others wounded. authorities have a suspect in custody reported to be a 21-year-old man from kosovo. president obama just less than 30 minutes ago had this to say. >> saddened and i'm outraged by this attack that took the lives of two americans. and wounded two others. i think the american people are united in expressing our gratitude for the service of those who were lost. michelle and i have their family and their friends in our thoughts and prayers and we are praying for a speedy recovery for thoerps injured. i want everybody to understand that we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place. and in working with german authorities to insure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice. >> nbc news producer andy ekker joins us from germany. so the obvious question is how this happened and why this happened. what do we know about the investigation? >> well, the u.s.
in japan isรง "out o control." meantime, u.s. forces operating in that country are being moved even further away from the power plant for safety. a live report from tokyo straight ahead. plus police and protesters face off in pakistan just hours after reports that the u.s. paid more than $2 million for the release of a cia contractor accused of murder. new comments on the situation from the secretary of state. >>> and he reached out online to people he never met in person convincing them to kill themselves. now a judge says the minnesota man in this picture must go to jail. >> it's not fair. it's not fair. >>> a push to rally in michigan. protesters still at odds with the state's governor over the budget join forces at the state capital. the latest in the on going standoff between public union workers in this country and some republican lawmakers. >>> i'm tamron hall. "news nation" is following new details on the nuclear crisis in japan. the secretary-general of the international atomic energy association says he's headed to japan as soon as possible as workers at the fukushima plant strugg
forces and were brought to a safe place where they are now in u.s. hands. ajdabiya is a town that we're talking more and more about, it's becoming the battlefield for the future of the country. it remains in gadhafi hands. the rebels are on the outskirts of that town in the east. they have tried on a number of occasions to penetrate the town. they've been pushed back each time by pro-gadhafi forces. rebels have pleaded for more air strikes to do the job. there have been a number of coalition strikes but not enough so far to seriously degrade the pro-gadhafi forces. on misrata, another town active today, like yesterday, and the day before, held by rebels still. the pro-gadhafi forces went in with tanks, artillery, snipers, nine more killed there. the no-fly zone active in the east has yet to become as active in places in the west like over misrata. gadhafi and his forces are trying to take advantage of that and consolidate their gains there. we've returns from the site in tripoli last night. this was at the tripoli naval base. we were shown by our government of handlers some astoundin
's richard wolffe at the white house. but joining us, first, gasoline and oil industry analyst, andy lapal, president of lapal oil associates. >> thanks for having me. >> the average is $3.51. i was in los angeles, i saw gas $4.50. what do you make of what we're seeing and factoring in the continued violence in libya? >> well, of course the gasoline prices are reflecting a 25% increase in crude oil prices since the middle of february and reaction to the turmoil in the middle east. and the biggest fear that the market is seeing or looking for is, will this turmoil that has cut oil production in libya spread to countries like saudi arabia and iran, who are the biggest oil exporters in the middle east. >> we're going to talk with richard wolffe about the white house reaction but we just played that sound bite from bill daley, who was on "meet the press," he said he has a number of factors to consider before tapping into the reserve. what are the factors that need to be considered. >> one of the facts is, are we going to actually have a supply shortage here in the u.s. as well as, is it going
towards the libyan people. >> mike viqueira joins us now from the white house. give us more scoop behind the scenes why the president decided to come back early. there have been calls for him to return to the u.s. >> first and foremost, there's a great deal of controversy, criticism coming not only from republicans some of whom who backed the imposition of a no-fly zone and said the president had been dragging his feet to military exercises with france flying the first missions last saturday. and those on the left who say that the president has not gone through the proper channels in congress, they have -- the president has not come to congress for any sort of resolution. backers of the president said listen, there have been hundreds of u.s. assaults and attacks of this nature without any formal declaration of war even without a resolution in congress that there's that back and forth. the president was to visit some mayan ruins in el salvador, along with his family, that has been canceled now. obviously a concern brn appearances there. the president expected back in washington between 4:
. people shocked and outraged at pump. this is the way they take back and save money by using smartphone apps ingenious ways to use technology to save expenses. >> you were talking with me in the break, patrick, you said, this is about to trickle down or could trickle down and you named the list of a few things we could see an increase in price. >> you know, airlines certainly, shipping, flowers, pizza dlirry. the effects are far reaching. essentially any business that operates using gasoline or some type of petroleum will see a rise in costs have that make its way down to motorists and everybody else. >> what we pay beyond what we're seeing at the pump. oil prices differented to under $105 a barrel. we've seen fluctuation. help us understand, is this really the tick tock of what's happening in libya na what causes the up and down that we're seeing in a few hours with prices? >> what we've seen, libya and t middle east one of the largest fashions behind gas prices, unrest there, concern violence will spread to saudi arabia. >> what about speculators? the big story line now. >> exactly. s
for the democratic plan. you might have a few vote for the other one. however, puts us into this great time question we've been up against over the last month or so. in the next seven days, can there be some sort of long-term compromise? house republicans have told me no, they're very critical on the white house this morning. eric cantor said why is obama not taking the lead on this. john biden and the guy they've negotiated with in the past is in europe, we're unclear who the staff is. so house republicans have left out of the process in terms of negotiation. they're the ones needed for all this to come together. most likely not going to happen in the next week. may march 18th, we're probably going to see another compromise. what is cut from that is the main question. at this point we do not note. >> for reaction to what the house republicans are saying me, joining me is congressman james clyburn of south carolina. thanks for making time for me. >> thank you for having me. >> let me get your reaction to house republicans feeling they've been left out of the process. what politico wrote about the pr
correspondent, richard engel, joins me now live from tripoli. richard, tell us what you're hearing. >> reporter: we spoke early this morning with people in zawiyah, part of the rebel movement. they said at the early hours of the day the attack had begun, started with an attack, artillery fire and machine gunfire on the western side of the city, and then the assaults continued throughout the day. at one stage, the libyan government announced it had totally retaken zawiyah, a town about, as you mentioned, 25 miles outside of tripoli. the government has claimed it has taken zawiyah in the past and brought a group of reporters to the town, only to discover it was still under rebel control. but from what we have been hearing, this has been among the heaviest fighting in zawiyah thus far. >> richard what does it tell us? who has the upper hand, the rebels or gadhafi? >> reporter: the rebels are taking considerable amounts of territory. they've already taken almost all of eastern libya and they've taken several towns, though how much control they have in zoo w ww zawiyah remains in dispute. tripoli, 2
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